Addiction Treatment News Roundup #1

Addiction Treatment News Roundup #1

Addiction Treatment News Roundup #1  This is the first of a series of roundup post of some of my favorite articles and news resources about addiction, treatment, and whats going on in our communities. This week I bring to you the following four post I brought up for discussion today on a teleconference I had with some colleagues.

Just like there are addictions of all types there are a variety of treatments available to help those in need and desire help.  I look forward to helping you stay informed on whats trending in our communities.

My hope is that you don’t choose to be blind to the fact that these issues can hit close to home.  Keep your awareness up, stay knowledgeable, and keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Could a device attached to the ear become a game-changer in detox?

Innovative Health Solutions has an FDA approved device called the Bridge to be used for pain.  The company is now filling for reclassification of this device.  What the company would like to do is to be approved to use the Bridge to treatment opiate addiction pain.

Addiction Treatment News Roundup: #1
Courtesy Innovative Health Solutions

Many addicts don’t complete treatment due to the pain associated with withdrawal while going through detox.  It is hoped that the Bridge device will help the patient and increase the success rate of detox treatment.

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Heroin overtakes cocaine as the biggest concern for local cops

Due to the low price of heroin and the prescription drug abuse epidemic local communities in the USA are in a panic to.  The DEA has reported that local police are now providing statistics that prove that heroin is now the popular drug of use in many communities.

Read More: News Vice

Last Of The Cocaine Cowboys’ Busted After 26 Years On The Lam

 The last Cocaine Cowboy Gustavo Falcon is now incarcerated.  Have you ever watched the 2006 documentary, “Cocaine Cowboys”?  It was about how the Columbian drug cartel saturated Miami, Florida with cocaine.  Along with the drugs came violence so extreme that many say had not been witnessed in the USA since Prohibition.

It has been said that the economic growth of Miami was due to the investment of drug money in local business and the establishment of new businesses.

Read More: The Fix

Fifty years after landmark methadone discovery, stigmas and misunderstandings persist

I’ve witnessed the Not in my Back Yard (NIMBY) attitude regarding treatment programs. Residents and governance alike can put up strong resistances regarding methadone clinics being in their communites.  Clients, parents and families are hurt in several ways.

  1. Some clients travel 50-100 miles or more for treatment
  2. Gas cost is high causing clients to miss treatment days which makes them high risk for relapse
  3. Some clients don’t have a car and transportation assistance is inconsistent if available at all
  4. Clinics open up as early as 5am. Parents that drive an hour or more for treatment need to bring their young children with them.  Breaking the sleep of children that need to go to school in a few hours.

  The people who make the decisions regarding the best way to help addicts are sometimes clueless.  Until the problem hits his/her home.

In this blog post you will learn about the stigma against medicated assisted treatment that still exist fifty years after Mary Jean Kreek working with Rockefeller University discovered the benefits of using methadone to address heroin addiction.

Read more: Newswire

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17 thoughts on “Addiction Treatment News Roundup #1

  • April 23, 2017 at 5:26 am

    This is a world I know nothing about. Thanks for keeping me informed. I’m sharing these resources.

  • April 21, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Wow Lydia,

    I guess I have taken for granted that there were methadone clinics nearby just about everywhere. It is a shame that people need to drive to some so far away after all these years.

    Indeed, heroin has become more and more popular. As a child of the 60’s I lost many school mates from this drug. I remember the horror. Now it is popular more than ever. I’ve heard that people who were addicted to pain meds are using heroin more and more. What a disaster we, as a culture have created. It is sad.

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    • April 23, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Yes Donna it is very sad the war on drugs has never been effective. Prescription drugs users have turned to heroin because it is much cheaper. thank you for your comment.

  • April 20, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I have spinal stenosis. I wonder if that Bridge device could help with the pain that condition brings?

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Hey Lolette I hope you will contact the resources in the post for assistance with getting more information about the Bridge device. Thank you for your comment.

  • April 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Hello Lydia! You have some very interesting choices here, I am impressed. Starting with #1 wow I had no idea there was a bridge device like this, I can see how this will help people and increase the success rate of detox treatment. This is such a hard and scary thing to over come HUH?

    The other one that really got to me was the heroin post, it is crazy to me how popular this drug actually is. It does hit close to home for me.

    Great job here girlfriend.
    Thank You
    Chery :))
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    • April 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Hi Chery thanks for stopping by. I am glad you found this article interesting. Heroin is cheap and popular in many communities.

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you Chery for your kind words and for stopping by. Heroin is indeed popular and cheap.

  • April 19, 2017 at 5:42 am

    It must be hard if treatment is only available a long way off. In Australia pharmacists give the treatment so it’s widely available. I looked for further information on the Bridge but all refer to opiate treatment. Do you know if it treats back or arthritic pain, or conditions such as fybromyalgia?

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Sue, if you go to this website
      you will see that Innovation Health Solution products treat acute and chronic pain. On that page, you
      can get access to a contact form and ask questions about the Bridge device.
      Hope this helps.
      In some areas, methadone clinics are more available for clients to get to. It depends on the state and their regulations and zoning for treatment program.

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Hello Sharon Thank you for your comment. I do hope this helps many!

  • April 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I had no idea treatment centers were so far away from some families, that is heartbreaking.

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Kimberlee in some states treatment is not easy to access in others they are. Some states are more receptive to treatment.

  • April 18, 2017 at 9:58 am

    It’s true for pretty much everything, that the people making the decisions regarding how to do something (recover from addiction) are clueless. In the case of addiction and recovery, it’s clearly damaging.

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Hello Angela, It is damaging to those who live where governance and community do not support treatment.


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